Constance Collins

Constance Collins
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I was born and raised in Greenfield and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Woven and Constructed Textiles from Indiana University in Bloomington.  My first encounter with weaving was instant love and I have never looked back.  As a freshman at Indiana University I was attracted to my friend’s pipe frame loom.  One day my desire to touch the tantalizing yarns got the best of me. I asked if I might try weaving a little. Thrilled, my friend gave me the loom, yarn, and instructions for weaving

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About My Work:

I express my artistic voice through the details of geometry and color. Weaving is the medium that enables my vision to become reality. Like a pointillist painter, I leverage the combination of fine yarns, myriad arrays of colors and the endless permutations of geometric designs available through complex weaves, creating pieces that delight from afar yet reveal new intricacies as you look more closely. The end result is more than high fashion or bespoke clothing, it is art couture.

Each item is handwoven in ultra-thin alpaca, bamboo & silk yarns sett between 22-36 ends per inch, creating 700 – 1000 interlacings per square inch. I combine proprietary, complex 12- harness weaves of repetitive geometric patterns with contemporary colors to create pieces with a soft, luxurious hand and fluid drape.  Hand-tied fringe or upscale trims provide the finishing touches. Most pieces are reversible.

I modify traditional weaves to create unique new patterns and color palettes.  This keeps the artwork fresh and stimulating to me.

Upcoming Events:

American Craft Exposition (ACE) Glencoe, IL  Sept. 19-22, 2019

Lakefront Festival of Art  Milwaukee, WI  June 21-23, 2019

Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington,D.C.  April 24-28, 2019

 

Pricing Information:

$250 – $895

Education:

BA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

MA from DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Affiliations:

American Craft Council

Complex Weavers Guild

Handweavers Guild of America

Weaving Indiana

 

 

Awards:

Best of Show – 2019 Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee

Best of Show – 2016 Bucktown Art Festival, Chicago

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